Forum Question: Extracting stills from video in iPhoto

A recent newsletter gave instructions for extracting photos from movie clips in iPhoto. When I tried it, I couldn’t stop at a single frame in iPhoto. It always opened Quicktime, from which I couldn’t extract a frame. The directions imply that there’s a way to show the video in iPhoto. How? I record children’s performances and must, of necessity, run the video continuously. It would be great to be able to extract stills of individual faces.
Rich Howell

Comments: 3 Responses to “Extracting stills from video in iPhoto”

    2/20/11 @ 4:42 pm

    Are you using the most up-to-date version of iPhoto? The one from iLife 11? That tip won’t work with the old iPhoto 09 application as it doesn’t play QuickTime video inside of iPhoto.

    Don Boras
    7/13/11 @ 9:52 am

    I’ve read your earlier trick as well. I’m running iPhoto 11, but when I try to extract a still frame from an .avi file imported from my camera using the method you outlined, I continue to get only the first image in the video. I’ve tried every combination of Save options, even to the extent of exporting the file, saving it as a .mov with Quicktime and re-importing it to iPhoto, always with the same result – the first frame of the video file. Any thoughts?

      7/13/11 @ 10:02 am

      I’m getting only the first frame with version 9.1.5 of iPhoto too. Oh well.

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